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Is Reality TV a Revolution for Race or the New Minstrel?

Is Reality TV a Revolution for Race or the New Minstrel?

by Neelanjana Banerjee on October 12 2010, 9:25AM

It’s opened up more space than ever for people of color on TV—but that’s not necessarily a good thing.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Gil Scott-Heron Hits A Nerve With New Video

Gil Scott-Heron Hits A Nerve With New Video

by Naima Ramos-Chapman on October 4 2010, 7:24PM

The legendary poet’s back, and has got a bone to pick with the Big Apple.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Nicki Minaj Urges Gay Teens to

Nicki Minaj Urges Gay Teens to “Be Brave” Amid Suicide Wave

by Jamilah King on October 4 2010, 11:27AM

The rapper’s got moving words for her gay fans. And bullies, too.

Topics: Arts & Culture, LGBT Youth

Isabel Wilkerson Talks About Generations of Black Immigrants

Isabel Wilkerson Talks About Generations of Black Immigrants

by Greg Varner on October 1 2010, 10:00AM

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author discusses her definitive new study of the Great Migration with ColorLines.

Topics: Arts & Culture, History

What Gabby Sidibe's Cover Tells Us About

What Gabby Sidibe’s Cover Tells Us About “Looking Good” in Print

by Ayana Byrd on September 25 2010, 10:15AM

Editors talk about how—and why—they manipulate images of women.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Gabourey Sidibe, Gender & Sexuality

ColorLines Livetweets NBC's Humorless

ColorLines Livetweets NBC’s Humorless “Outsourced”

by Jamilah King on September 23 2010, 3:17PM

What happens when a show is too self-conscious to talk about race?

Topics: Arts & Culture

The Roots, John Legend Talk Politics and New Album

The Roots, John Legend Talk Politics and New Album

by Jamilah King on September 20 2010, 11:27AM

It’s about demographics, not just record sales.

Topics: Arts & Culture

10 of Gabourey Sidibe's Cutest Looks (Take Note ELLE Magazine) Photo

10 of Gabourey Sidibe’s Cutest Looks (Take Note ELLE Magazine)

by Jorge Rivas on September 18 2010, 12:27PM

The controversy over ELLE’s Sidibe cover inspired us to dig out some of our favorite shots of Gabby looking fabulous.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Gabourey Sidibe

Elle Responds to Sidibe Cover Controversy

Elle Responds to Sidibe Cover Controversy

by Jamilah King on September 16 2010, 2:32PM

For the fashion world, it’s just business as usual.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Gabourey Sidibe

Rapper Nicki Minaj Talks Sexuality and

Rapper Nicki Minaj Talks Sexuality and “No Homo” With Out Mag

by Jamilah King on September 15 2010, 4:30PM

One of rap’s hottest newcomers could change hip-hop’s gender game for good.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Gender & Sexuality

Univision Beats ABC, CBS, NBC & Fox as the #1 Network

Univision Beats ABC, CBS, NBC & Fox as the #1 Network

by Jorge Rivas on September 14 2010, 1:00PM

For the first time, the Spanish-language station wins over the industry’s most coveted demographic.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Tyler Perry's

Tyler Perry’s “For Colored Girls” Posters Revealed

by Julianne Hing on September 14 2010, 10:00AM

Gossip has swirled around the movie for months, but now it seems it’s finally here.

Topics: Arts & Culture, For Colored Girls

Fall Reading List: From Border Kids to the Great Migration

Fall Reading List: From Border Kids to the Great Migration

by Greg Varner on September 14 2010, 9:47AM

NPR’s Michele Norris mines her past, a historian brings black migration to life, a kid finds his deported mom, plus Edwidge Danticat, Charlie Chan and more.

Topics: Arts & Culture

When

When “Colorblindness” Invades Your TV

by Jamilah King on September 14 2010, 9:34AM

Tim Wise breaks down how the myth that we’re post racial plays out in pop culture.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Gabourey Sidibe is a (Much Lighter) Elle Cover Girl

Gabourey Sidibe is a (Much Lighter) Elle Cover Girl

by Julianne Hing on September 13 2010, 6:14PM

When is landing a fashion magazine cover more a snub than a coup?

Topics: Arts & Culture, Gabourey Sidibe

Why We Need (Real) Gangsta Rap Right Now

Why We Need (Real) Gangsta Rap Right Now

by Eric Arnold on September 13 2010, 10:54AM

We got T.I. at a time when we really need Tupac and Cube.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Top CFDA Fashion Awards Go to Three Asian Americans

Top CFDA Fashion Awards Go to Three Asian Americans

by Jorge Rivas on September 9 2010, 12:00PM

Shifts in immigration and labor policy may be at the heart of the new trends.

Topics: Arts & Culture

White House Dance Tribute to Judith Jamison

White House Dance Tribute to Judith Jamison

by Hatty Lee on September 8 2010, 1:57PM

The afternoon began with workshops for young students.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Brooklyn Celebrates MJ's Birthday, and We Dig In the MJ Archive

Brooklyn Celebrates MJ’s Birthday, and We Dig In the MJ Archive

by Naima Ramos-Chapman on August 31 2010, 10:23AM

A party in the park, and a video from ColorLines contributor Tammy Johnson.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Jezebel's September Fashion Mag Tally: Black Is Still Not Hot

Jezebel’s September Fashion Mag Tally: Black Is Still Not Hot

by Julianne Hing on August 31 2010, 9:59AM

But Halle Berry lands Vogue’s cover—the second black women ever, following Naomi Campbell 20 years ago.

Topics: Arts & Culture